Get ready to turn back the clock and dive into a world of vintage culture because Vintage Torque Fest is rolling into the Dubuque County Fairgrounds! Scheduled for May 3rd and 4th, this event promises a weekend packed with hot rods, rockabilly music, and a whole lot of fun—all for a fantastic cause.

What's on the Agenda at Vintage Torque Fest 2024?

Vintage Torque Fest isn't just about admiring classic cars and listening to great music. It's also a fundraiser for Helping Hannah's Heart Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that supports families with children suffering from congenital heart defects. Over the past 15 years, they've raised over $170,000, providing direct assistance to these families.

Now, let's talk about the main event. On Friday, May 3rd, the gates swing open at noon, kicking off with a lineup of activities that'll keep you entertained until the wee hours. From vintage stock car races to mini bike races and a demolition derby, there's no shortage of excitement. The evening crescendos with live music from bands like Barbarian and Bone Hawk, ensuring that the party keeps going late into the night.

And Saturday, May 4th, promises even more thrills. Gates open bright and early at 9:00 AM, with a jam-packed schedule that includes everything from pin-up contests to mini bike races and even a hill climb for the adventurous.

As the sun sets, get ready for electrifying performances from bands like Big Sandy and 20 Watt Tombstone, ensuring a memorable finale to this vintage extravaganza.

Vintage Torque Fest isn't just about having a good time—it's about making a difference. With proceeds going to Helping Hannah's Heart Foundation, attendees can feel good knowing that their fun-filled weekend is also supporting a worthy cause. From mini bike parades to art auctions, every aspect of the event is designed to raise funds and awareness for this vital organization.

So, mark your calendars and get ready to experience the ultimate blast from the past at Vintage Torque Fest. Whether you're a car enthusiast, a music lover, or just looking for a good time, this event has something for everyone. And remember, your participation isn't just about enjoying the festivities—it's about helping families in need and making a real difference in their lives.

Tom Ehlers
Credit: Tom Drake

Check out our interview with Vintage Torque Fest creator John Wells and 20 Watt Tombstones Tom Jordan.

The Vintage Torque Fest Full Schedule of Events:

FRIDAY, May 3rd

  • NOON – OPEN to Public
  • 12:30pm – Staging for Cruise on West Side of West Parking Lot
  • 12:30pm - Mini Bike Practice (access through the camping area)
  • 12:45pm – Backroads Country Cruise to Eagle Point Park
  • 1:00pm - Vintage Cycles on Dirt Track
  • 1:30pm - Mini Bike Registration (access through the camping area)
  • 2:00pm – Mini Bikes on Dirt Track
  • 2:30pm - Hooligan Bike Exhibition on Dirt Track
  • 3:00pm – ALL car access to Dirt Track (up to 8 cars on track at one time)
  • 3:30pm – ALL car Summit Racing Dirt Drags Practice
  • 4:30pm – Staging & Drivers Meeting ALL car Summit Racing Dirt Drags
  • 5:00pm – Dirt Drags – ALL CARS WELCOME
  • 5:15pm - Mini Bike Grass Drags
  • 6:00pm – American Iron Racing Series – Vintage Stock Car Racing
  • 6:00pm - Minibike Registration Closes (Open again Saturday Morning)
  • 6:30pm – Stage 2 - Surf Zombies
  • 7:00pm – Hot Rod Gate Closed (Car Registration begins again 9am May 4)
  • 7:45pm – Demo Derby Action on Track
  • 9:00pm – Flame Throwing Car Exhibition
  • 10:15pm – Stage 2 Bonehawk
  • 11:30pm – Stage 2 Carbellion
  • 1:00am – GATES LOCKED
Tom Ehlers
Credit: Tom Drake


  • 9:00am – OPEN to Public 9:00am
  • 9:00am - MiniBike Registration (Access through campgrounds)
  • 9:00am - Grass Circle Track Mini Bike Races
  • 9:30am - Vintage Cycle Exhibition on Dirt Track
  • 9:45am - Tuff Mudder Mini Bike Race Begins (Access through campgrounds)
  • 10:00am – Stage 1 Mini Auction & Pin Up Girl Prep
  • 10:15am – Stage 1 Peek-A-Boo Pinups Classic Pin Up Contest
  • 10:30am - ALL TRACK ACTION SUSPENDED FOR 90 minutes
  • 10:30am – Grass Flat Track Mini Bike Races (access through campgrounds)
  • 11:00am – Stage 3  JP Cyr & The Ramblin' Kind
  • 11:15am - Stage 1 Mimi Meow Matrimony
  • NOON – Mini Bike Big Dirt Time – Mini Bikes allowed on Dirt Track
  • NOON - Stage 2 The Tentakills
  • 12:15pm – Stage 1  Deke Dickerson
  • 12:30pm - Hooligan Bike Exhibition
  • 12:30pm – Staging for Dirt Drags (Cars 1964 & Older)
  • 12:30pm - Stage 3 Dig Deep
  • 1:00pm – Dirt Drags
  • 1:15pm – Mini Bike Parade (Starts at Camping Gate)
  • 1:30pm - Flat Track Motorcycle Exhibition
  • 1:30pm - Stage 1 Big Sandy
  • 2:00pm – Helping Hannah’s Heart Foundation Adopted Family Check Presentation Building 2
  • 2:15pm – Original Art Auction Building 2
  • 2:30pm - Flyin' Ryan's Minibike Hill Climb
  • 3:30pm – Chopper Drags
  • 3:45pm - Stage 1 Dallas Moore
  • 4:00pm - Minibike Field Games & Burnout Contest
  • 5:15pm – Stage 1 3 On The Tree
  • 6:00pm - Stage 2 Awards
  • 6:30pm – Stage 2 The Maness Brothers
  • 7:45pm – Stage 2 20 Watt Tombstone
  • 9:00pm - Stage 2 Left Lane Cruiser
Tom Ehlers
Credit: Tom Drake

So, come on out and join the fun at Vintage Torque Fest. Together, we can rev up our engines, rock out to some killer tunes, and make a meaningful impact on the lives of children and families in need.

Photos: Vintage Torque Fest 2023

Photos: Vintage Torque Fest 2023

Gallery Credit: Tom Ehlers

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